Hearing Aid Styles
Receiver In Canal (R.I.C.)
RIC stands for "receiver-in-canal" hearing aids. They are the smallest and least noticeable as they are almost entirely concealed within the ear canal.
RIC hearing aids are recommended for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
RIC aids are the most hidden most natural-sounding and comfortable aids. 99% of people are buying this type of hearing aid.
Completely In Canal (C.I.C.)
Another "tiny" offering, the CIC (Completely-in-Canal) style hearing aid style is worn completely within the ear canal. Being a custom-crafted hearing aid, the Hear Ear Hearing Aids audioprosthologist will take an ear canal impression
to give your hearing aid a perfectly tailored fit. This ensures maximum comfort and sound quality.
CIC style hearing aids are most effective when treating mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Hearing aid wearers love them as they provide the benefit of improved hearing, with no one the wiser.
In The Canal
ITC-style (in-the-canal) hearing aids are custom-made, based on an impression taken of your ear canal and the surrounding area. They are slightly larger than completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids but still considered cosmetically appealing.
All of the components in an ITC hearing aid are encased within a lightweight plastic shell. Their medium size makes them a great choice for push-button controls. ITC hearing aids offer a secure fit, easy insertion and removal, and
longer battery life. They work best for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
In The Ear
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are also known as custom hearing aids because they are individually manufactured to fit each wearer's ear exactly. They range in size from invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) to full-shell hearing aids. Contact your
hearing care professional to see if a custom-built in-the-ear hearing aid is the best way to correct your hearing loss while fitting your personal style.
Behind the Ear
Hear Ear Hearing Aids carries a full line of BTE Hearing aids, including:
Conventional BTE hearing aids-The microphone in the back collects sounds and sends them to a plastic ear mold situated inside of the outer ear. They are easy to adapt to several different types of hearing assistive devices, so a wide variety
of people can use them.
Open Fit-A small, narrow tube delivers sound into the ear canal, which leaves the ear canal mostly open. Open fit enables better cleaning of the ear for people with consistent earwax build-up, and they're less noticeable.
RIC-Similar to the open fit, but a very thin receiver wire conveys amplified sounds to a speaker situated inside the canal.